The Dimensions of Self-care


“Self-care” can be understood in many different ways. In its simplest form, the term refers to our ability as human beings to function effectively in the world while meeting the multiple challenges of daily life with a sense of energy, vitality, and confidence. It also implies that we are active participants in that process. Self-care is not “other-care”. Rather, it is care that is initiated and maintained by us as individuals. It requires our active engagement.
 
The term “self-care” has been understood in many different ways. Its spans a full range of issues from the physical, the emotional, the intellectual, and the spiritual. Some conceptualize this construct by considering the dimensions of mind, body, and spirit. Others contend that it encompasses the dimensions of thinking, feeling, and behaving. It has also been broken down into personal and occupational aspects. It is referred to as “wellness”, a “healthy balance”, “resilience” and simply, mental health. It is important to note, though, that no matter how one breaks down the dimensions of self-care, in the end, all of these different aspects are interconnected. Failure to take care of oneself in one realm can lead to consequences in another. Click here for an example
 
There are many negative consequences that can result from an inability to take care of ourselves. Stress as the most prevalent issue is the focus of the following section.